2205, 2017

In final address, UN health chief urges world body to ‘remember the people’ behind the facts and figures

May 22nd, 2017|Health, News|

The outgoing chief of the United Nations health agency today highlighted the relevance of the World Health Organization (WHO), and offered its decision-making body parting advice that included protecting scientific evidence, pushing for innovation and thinking of people in every decision that is taken.

405, 2017

UN health agency to examine lower-cost ‘biosimilar’ drugs to expand access to cancer treatment

May 4th, 2017|Health, News|

As a step towards making some of the most expensive treatments for cancer more widely available in low- and middle-income countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today that it will launch a pilot project for prequalifying so-called “biosimilars,” or lower cost drugs.

2604, 2017

Inequalities between rich and poor temper broad success of immunization – UNICEF

April 26th, 2017|Health, News|

Even though billions of doses of vaccines for children across 100 countries around the world were supplied in 2016, millions of children – especially those in conflict zones – still miss out on life-saving inoculations, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned.

2504, 2017

Ghana, Kenya and Malawi to pilot malaria vaccine trial – UN

April 25th, 2017|Health, News|

The United Nations health agency’s regional office for Africa has announced that Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi will take part in a breakthrough pilot programme to make the world’s first malaria vaccine available in selected areas, beginning in 2018.

2404, 2017

Ahead of World Malaria Day, UN says ‘let’s close the gap’ in prevention coverage

April 24th, 2017|Health, News|

On the eve of World Malaria Day, the United Nations health agency called today for accelerating scaled-up efforts to prevent malaria, which remains a major public health threat, killing one child every two minutes worldwide in 2015.

2404, 2017

World Immunization Week: Power of vaccines still not fully utilized, says UN health agency

April 24th, 2017|Health, News|

Vaccinations stave off 26 potentially deadly diseases, the United Nations health agency is emphasizing on the first day of World Immunization Week, which also marks the halfway point of the Organization's goal to stop millions of deaths from vaccine-preventable diseases.

2104, 2017

UN Secretary-General joins High-Level Steering Group for Every Woman Every Child

April 21st, 2017|Gender equality and women's empowerment, Health, News, Press material|

Washington, D.C. | 21 April 2017—The UN Secretary-General, Mr. António Guterres, has joined the High-level Steering Group for Every Woman Every Child as its third and senior Co-Chair. The announcement, made in the margins of the Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund, highlights the importance of the highest level […]

1904, 2017

Progress against tropical diseases must be backed by poverty alleviation efforts – UN health agency

April 19th, 2017|Health, News|

The United Nations today cited “record-breaking” progress in controlling neglected tropical diseases – which blind, maim, disfigure and debilitate millions of people worldwide, especially in its poorest areas – as an estimated one billion people were reached with treatment for at least one of these diseases in 2015 alone, according to the Organization’s health agency.

504, 2017

UN stresses need to anticipate changes in world’s population age structure to achieve Sustainable Development Goals

April 5th, 2017|Gender equality and women's empowerment, Health, News, Press material, Youth|

Changes in age structure of human populations are taking place worldwide, with major implications for sustainable development policies, highlights 50th session of the UN Commission on Population and Development

603, 2017

Polluted environments kill 1.7 million children each year, UN health agency reports

March 6th, 2017|Health, News|

The United Nations health agency reviewed the threats from pollutants such as second-hand smoke, UV radiation, unsafe water and e-waste.